The Relationship Foundation has developed this chapter in our curriculum to help educators teach their students the importance of Empathy and something we call Empathic Listening.
The objectives of the chapter are:
1. Define empathy and sympathy, and understand their differences.
2. Understand how to effectively express empathy.
3. Differentiate between empathy blocking and empathic listening.
Keywords: empathy, respect, abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, communication, healthy relationships, boundaries, sexism, diversity, relationships, relationship skills, texting, the media, social media, judgement, listening, self confidence, self esteem, body image, adverse childhood experiences, behavior issues, resilience